LG LDF7561ST Dishwasher E1 Error

My 5+ year old LG LDF7561ST Dishwasher started giving me an E1 Error which is a water leak. The filters in the bottom was clogged because someone didn’t rinse a pan before putting in the dishwasher. Won’t say who but you can probably guess. I cleaned the filters. Unplugged the dishwasher for awhile and plugged it back it and it still gave me a E1 Error and would not shut off. Did a search on Google and found someone with the same error and they said to pull the dishwasher, tip it forward and backward 45 degrees. So I decided to give it a try and it worked. Before my search I called LG support and they wanted $370 to send someone out to fix it. Sorry LG, did it myself!

My New Front Entry Door Replacement

I decided that it was about time that I replaced my front entry door after 22 years plus my front door was also bent. I decided to replace my storm door also. Lowe’s had a sale on the storm door plus I also got my 10% military discount. Here are the photos of my old front door and storm door.

Front Entry Door

Front Entry Door

Front Storm Door

Front Storm Door

So I purchased a new TermaTru Benchmark entry door and a new Larson storm door from Lowe’s. I first painted the new door frame and replaced the hinges with my oiled bronze hinges. I also purchased a new magnetic door switch to connect to my alarm system.

I had a hard time getting my old frame removed as my old magnetic door switch was embedded in the side of the door frame and it finally broke in half and I was able to remove the door frame. Plus I was doing this by myself which made it harder.

I had a bit of a problem getting my new door frame to fit and finally after sanding the top edges of the new door frame, it finally fitted. I then got the new door frame leveled and set. Then I remounted the new door.

Then my friend came by and we installed the new storm door. Finally got everything calked, insulation sprayed in between the door frame and house, inside door frame reinstalled, and paint touch ups. New doors are below.

New Front Door

New Front Door

New Storm Door

New Storm Door

We really love our new doors. No more air leaks and cuts down on the outside noise. Plus the new Larson storm door has a screen that comes down when you lower the top window allowing air flow between the back and front of the home. Everything took me about 10 hours and was worth it.

 

New Water Heater

Don’t ever have #HomeDepot replace your water heater. It cost me $400 per hour!!! $600 water heater and parts, $600 Labor for 1.5 Hours work!!!

Movie, God’s Not Dead 2

We went to the movies at The Warren here in Moore, OK and saw the movie “God’s Not Dead 2“. It was a very good movie and I highly recommend that you see it.

When a high school teacher is asked a question in class about Jesus, her reasoned response lands her in deep trouble and could expel God from the public square once and for all. You heard all the time about the separation of church and state. Did you know that there is no mention of this in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights?

GOD’S NOT DEAD HE’S SURELY ALIVE!

New Canary Security Device

I added a new Canary security device. If you don’t know what a Canary device is you can view more information from the link below. What it has is a video camera that captures movement within it’s wide lens and stores the video in the cloud. It arms itself and disarms itself when ever you leave your home and arrive back home using your cell phone and it’s geolocation. If Canary detects motion while it is armed then it sends you a notice on your cell phone and the video that caused the motion so you can review it and if it is an intruder then it provides links to call the police or medical for fire depending on what it detects. It also shows you the temperature of the room and the humidity and the air quality. I just recently received my Canary and so far I love it.

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Here are a few of it’s highlights:

  • See and Hear: Stream real-time video of your home with Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147 degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio.
  • More Than a Camera: Protect your home with Canary’s 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, auto-arm/disarm, and optional professional monitoring.
  • HomeHealth Technology: Monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity to help understand how your home might affect your health.
  • Intelligent Notifications: Receive instant video alerts on your iOS or Android device.
  • No Installation/Contracts/Monthly Fees Required: Plug in Canary, connect to the Internet and you’re ready to go. Free secure cloud storage included.

My Backyard Makeover

I have almost finished phase 1 of my backyard makeover so I thought I would post some photos. This phase 1 is the East half of my backyard and took about one month to complete. I leveled the backyard which required over 200 40lb bags of dirt and about 100 bags of sand. Then I installed a paver base product from Lowe’s. Stain the old grey 16in cement squares using a red stain from Home Depot. Increased the space between each cement square and added paver sand. Finally we purchase new green outdoor carpet from Lowe’s. The expensive part was the paver base product from Lowe’s. Next month I hope to start phase 2 which will be the West half of my backyard.

My Home Automation Experience

First this will be an on going blog about my home automation experience. So check back often to see how things are going. I want to automate some light bulbs, door locks, garage door, window blinds, and some appliances/electronics.


I want to start my home automation my adding a Wink Relay – Smart Home Wall Controller. I first when to Home Depot to pick up a wink relay for $199.95 but when I went to the check out line they wouldn’t give me my 10% military discount. So I said that I wouldn’t purchase the item and instead would order on line at a cheaper cost. I checked with Amazon first but they didn’t have much of discount as they wanted the same $199.95 at first but over time the price dropped about $10. So I tried a few times to purchase one with a bid on eBay but never got the winning bid. Then I found one on eBay that I could purchase and it was only $144.95. So I purchased it and it should be here this weekend.


I also wanted to purchase a GE Link Starter Kit, PLINK-SKIT, Wireless, A19 LED Light Bulb at Home Depot but because they wouldn’t offer me my 10% military discount for the Wind Relay I decided to order on line. I check on eBay and Amazon. Both had them for the same price so I ordered from Amazon as being a prime member on Amazon I get my two day shipping for free. I received my order today. I ordered the starter kit because it is cheaper for two bulbs than if you order two bulbs separately. Also a two bulb pack on Amazon is really high, like the price of three bulbs.


Since I save about $50 ordering the Wink Relay from eBay I also decided to order the Wink Connected Home Hub which I don’t need right now but I will need when I order by window blinds. Again I checked the prices on eBay and Amazon and decided to order from Amazon and I received it today also. I plan on setting up the hub and the light bulbs tonight. So check back in a day or so and I will let you know how the installation and setup went.

4/27/2015

I finally got my Wink Hub updated and working. Got my Wink Relay installed also. Now I can control my living room lights and ceiling fan. The lights include the ceiling fan lights and two table lamps.

The two table lamps use the bulbs shown above and can also be dimmed. I purchased the starter kit because with the two light bulbs it is cheaper than purchasing two of the bulbs separately. I didn’t need the controller that comes with the starter kit as I have the Wink Hub.

I also purchased an Egg Minder as shown above. Now I know how many eggs I have at home and which egg is the oldest so you would use the oldest egg first.

My next project is to add an electronic dead bolt on my front door. I will add to this post once I get it installed.

5/12/2015

Finally got my Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolts installed.

The install was pretty easy. Just had to replace my existing deadbolts on my front and back doors. Then I connected them to my link relay which also was pretty easy, just follow the instructions in the wink app. I also replaced my lower door knobs with locks with one without a lock. Having the ability to unlock the doors does no good if the lower door knob is also locked. I used the Schlage Passage Levers shown below:

My next project is to install a lamp module to control three decorative lamps in our dinning room and have the ability to turn them on at dusk and turn them off at 10 pm automatically. I have the unit on hand, just waiting for the time to install it.

Jerry

My New AC & Furnace Experience

I am in the process of getting a new Air Conditioner, Furnace, and Thermostat so thought I would write up a blog post about my experience. First my HVAC system is a Trane system and is almost 24 years old and is still working but it is due to be replaced. I had to have the furnace repaired about a month ago and the technician had to turn down the gas flame to make the furnace work. So I figured that I would replace it when companies are looking for work as it would be somewhat cheaper now. If I waited until summer time and my AC goes out then I am sure the cost and labor would increase dramatically.

I had Goggled the Internet looking at different system and I wanted a system that would be efficient. I realize that the higher the efficiency, the higher the price. But it would pay for itself in the long run with lower utility bills. So what I wanted was a 4 ton system with a AC rating of 16 SEER and a furnace with a 96% rating. With a 96% efficiency rating on the furnace I would also receive a rebate from Oklahoma Natural Gas company for $550. You see the high efficiency already started to pay for itself.

So I first asked company #1 to come out and give me an estimate. We stopped by our local store on Sunday and they said the lady that handled the estimates was off and would not be back until Tuesday since Monday was a holiday. She called actually on Monday and we setup an appointment for Wednesday. She arrived with a service technician from the company that would do the install. They took a quick look at my old system and recommended only a 3 1/2 ton system and gave me three estimates for a new Trane system. The middle range system was energy efficient with a Trane XR-17 AC and a Trane XV-95 Furnace. That is a AC rating of 17 SEER and a Furnace rating of 95%. Their first estimate was for $13,142.53. I said I thought that was a little high so they each called their bosses and came back with an estimate of $11,798.85. Why are estimates over $10,000 have to include cents? They offered 2 years labor warranty and Trane has a 10 year parts warranty with a 5.99% financing. This was still more than what I wanted to pay so told them I needed more estimates before making up my mind.

The next day I call company #2 and they gave me a quote over the phone, without coming out to look at my existing system, for a price of $9,500.00 for the exact same Trane system. Plus they would warranty their work for 5 years and had a lower finance rate of 3.99%. Still a bit more than what I wanted to pay but was much better than company #1.

Next I started looking at HVAC manufactures on the Intranet and also my neighbor had a recent Goodman system installed about six months ago. Also the technician that recently fixed my furnace about a month ago recommended a Goodman system. So I started paying more attention to the Goodman brand. They were not rated as high as a Trane on Consumer Reports but I found out their limited warranties was the best of all HVAC manufactures and actually Goodman was the largest HVAC manufacture in the world. Goodman offers lifetime warranty on their AC compressors and on their Furnace heat exchangers and 10 years on all other parts. So I started looking at dealers on Goodman’s website for my area.

Now I wanted a Goodman 4 ton system with an AC rating of 16 SEER and a Furnace rating of 96% and with communications between the thermostat and the units which provides greater efficiency.

I called company #3 and they came out that night for an estimate. They looked over my system and also recommended only a 3 1/2 ton system. The AC unit was not capable of the communications but was a 16 SEER system. Their estimate was $8,759. They said they would email me an estimate the next day which they did. I wasn’t real happy with the AC unit but they called later that morning and reduced the estimate to $8,300.

Still I wanted more estimates so I call two companies the next day. The first came out, company #4, at 5 pm and gave me an estimate of over $10,000.00 which I knew immediately that it was too high and told him so since my last estimate was for $8,300.00 for the same equipment. He then called his boss and said they would match the $8,300 bid. He didn’t seem very happy, guess he lost a lot of his commission. Still this was for a 3 1/2 ton system. I told him I wanted to see what models he was quoting me with and he said he would email them to me the next morning. He never did!

The next estimate, company #5, was supposed to come at 6 pm that same evening but he had to go on a late job and said he could be here around 8 pm which I said that was fine with me. So he then showed up and looked over my system and also spent some time in my attic looking over the space above the furnace and the air ducts. The other companies never did this! I told him what I wanted and he gave me an estimate. He said he would deliver an written estimate the next morning to my home which he did. I was at work the next morning so when I got home I looked over the estimate. It was exactly what I wanted. A 4 ton system with the 16 SEER AC, 96% efficiency Furnace, digital thermostat with communications between the two units. This was exactly what I wanted with one difference. This estimate was for Amana equipment instead of Goodman. Well, Amana is made by Goodman, just has a better warranty. The compressor and heat ex-changer is still warranty for a lifetime but if either goes out they give me a whole new AC or a new Furnace. So I got exactly what I wanted with a step up of the brand name and at a cheaper cost. I bought it. The company is Phillips Heating and Air on SW 149th Place in South Oklahoma City, about 5 minutes from my home, owner Lindsay Phillips. Their phone is (405) 830-8193. If you decide to call Lindsay then tell him I sent you 🙂

I am now in the process of raising the money and hopefully will have by this Wednesday. Lindsay said he could install this coming weekend. I am anxious to get the new system installed.

Here are a few photos of my old system and I will update this blog post when I get the new system installed with new photos.

Old Trane Furnace

Old Trane Furnace

Old Thermostat

Old Thermostat

Old Trane AC

Old Trane AC

2/9/2015

I got my new AC, Furnace, Coil, and Thermostat installed last Saturday, February 7th, 2015. Phillips Heating and Air did the install. They had 3 men and it took them 12 hours. They worked the entire 12 hours except for the lunch and dinner which we provided. They had a problem getting the new furnace in the hall closet where the old furnace was as the new furnace is wider and taller. They also added a filter drawer on the bottom of the furnace which added to the height. The filter drawer will make it much easier for me to the change filter every 90 days.

They had to run new cooper lines between the Air Conditioner and the Coil due to the new system being larger. They also replaced the electrical box outside for the Air Conditioner. They had to replace the old furnace aluminum heat exhaust with new PVC pipes.  Lindsay Phillips returned on Sunday afternoon to tie up some loose ends and to check the charge in the Air Conditioner to make sure it was fully charged. He also told me to call him in a few months when the weather gets warmer and he will check the charge for the Air Conditioner again.

I can’t believe how much quieter the new units are. Outside with the AC running you can’t hear the compressor, only the fan running and it is pretty quiet. The furnace is also very quiet. These units are two stage units so they always start on the first stage to save energy and switch to the second stage only when it has to. The AC unit has a built-in thermometer which reports back to the thermostat so the thermostat knows the outside temperature which also helps to reduce energy.

Again Phillips Heating and Air did the install and they did a great job installing the new units and I highly recommend them to install yours. They are located at SW 149th Place in South Oklahoma City, about 5 minutes from my home, and the owner is Lindsay Phillips. Their phone is (405) 830-8193. If you decide to call Lindsay then tell him I sent you 🙂 I am so pleased with this new Amana system. The units I purchased are as follows and you can click on the link for each item to read more about each one:

ASXC16 Air Conditioner

AMVC96 Two-Stage, Variable-Speed ECM Gas Furnace

CAPT Cased Indoor Coil with Internal TXV

ComfortNet™ CTK04 Communicating Control System

Warranty on the entire system is 10 years parts, lifetime AC compressor, and lifetime furnace heat ex-changer. The thermostat also has a warranty of 10 years when installed with one of their Furnaces or Air Conditioners. This is the best warranty in the industry. No other company that I know of warrants their AC compressor and furnace heat ex-changer for lifetime. Only Goodman and Amana.

I am also going to purchase a Red Link Enabled Internet Gateway and then I can set the temperature using our iPhone, iPad, or a web browser from any place in the world with an internet connection. Here are some photos of my new system:

 

ASXC16 Air Conditioner

ASXC160481 16 SEER Air Conditioner

Amana AMVC960804CN, 96.1% High-Efficiency, Two-Stage Variable-Speed Gas Furnace

Amana AMVC960804CN, 96.1% High-Efficiency, Two-Stage Variable-Speed Gas Furnace

ConfortNet CTK04 Commuinication Thermostat (Auto Heat/Cool mode)

ConfortNet CTK04 Commuinication Thermostat (Auto Heat/Cool mode)

2/15/2015

Been using the new system now for a week now and I am surprised at how fast the furnace heats the entire home when I raise the temperature at the thermostat two degrees. My old system would take 45 minutes and the new systems takes about 10 minutes. I also have the thermostat set to circulate air and about 35% of the time the fan will run on low speed to circulate the air. I can’t even hear the fan running when it does the circulation.

So far I am really happy with my new system and I can’t wait to see how the Air Conditioner works during the summer. I will update this blog post when summer gets here. I also ordered the red-link gateway to enable the thermostat to communicate over the internet. I will update this blog post again when it arrives and I install it.

2/17/2015

I got my Honeywell THM6000R1002 Red Link Enabled Internet Gateway today and the setup was super easy. Now I have access to my thermostat anytime and anywhere in the world where I have an Internet connection and my iPhone, iPad, or a web browser. I also have an app for my iPhone and my iPad. Below is photo of the Honeywell RedLINK Gateway and a screen shot of the thermostat access using a web browser.

Honeywell RedLINK Gateway THM6000R

Honeywell RedLINK Gateway THM6000R

Screen Shot of thermostat access using a web browser

Screen Shot of thermostat access using a web browser

Next I will be receiving a wireless indoor temperature sensor so the thermostat can access the temperature in another room, probably our bedroom, and then use the average temperature of the indoor sensor and the thermostat. Also coming is a wireless switch that I will be putting next to our kitchen to garage door where I can press a switch when leaving and have it automatically lower the temperature and also a home switch that will raise the temperature when we arrive home. Again to save money on utility bills. I will post photos when they arrive and edit this blog post.

2/19/2015

I received my Honeywell C7189R1004 Wireless Indoor Sensor for my CTK-04 thermostat model C7189R1004. I installed it in my Master Bedroom so now the thermostat will average the temperature between the thermostat and the Master Bedroom to give a more even heating and cooling for the entire home. Below is a photo of the indoor sensor which was very easy to install and easy to connect to the CTK-04 thermostat.

Wireless Indoor Sensor C7189R1004

Wireless Indoor Sensor C7189R1004

3/15/2015

I received my Honeywell REM1000R1003 RedLINKTM Wireless Entry/Exit Remote and now I can set my thermostat to the away mode when we leave the house and back to home mode when we return home. This will also help us to save energy.

Honeywell REM1000R1003 RedLINKTM Wireless Entry/Exit Remote

Honeywell REM1000R1003 RedLINKTM Wireless Entry/Exit Remote

3/16/2015

Got the cover for the Air Conditioning pipes painted and installed this afternoon. Looks much better than just the pipes showing. See the difference with the “New AC Tubing” photo below and the “Covering for the Air Conditioning cooper pipes” photo below.

New AC Tubing

New AC Tubing

Covering for the Air Conditioning cooper pipes.

Covering for the Air Conditioning cooper pipes.

4/17/2015

Update: After two months of receiving my monthly gas bill I find that it has been 50% less usage over the same months for last year. And this is after I raised my thermostat 2 degrees over last year going from 72 degrees last year to 74 degrees this year. I also received my rebate from Oklahoma Natural Gas.

So after two full months plus of usage of my new furnace I am very, very pleased. Haven’t really used the Air Conditioner yet so I will report on it’s usage in a few months.

Jerry J. Jansen

Setting Up Defender DVR Cameras to Work With AT&T U-verse ARRIS NVG589 Modem

I recently got a new ARRIS NVG589 modem for my AT&T U-verse and had some problems getting my Defender DVR with Cameras to work on my mobile device. I finally got it to work so thought I would show how I have the ARRIS NVG589 modem setup.

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Figure 1

 

First you want to bring the screen for the modem on your browser. In your browser’s address bar type in the IP address of your modem which mine is http://192.168.1.254/. Next click on the Firewall tab as shown in item 1 above in Figure 1. You can click on the image for a larger view. You may be asked to enter the password for your modem at some point and the password can be found on the label on the bottom of your modem.

Next click on NAT/Gaming sub tab as shown in item 2 in Figure 1 above. Then once the page is display you want to click on Custom Services as show in item 3 in Figure 1 above.

Figure 2

Figure 2

Next you want to enter the Service Name in item 1 in Figure 2 above. This can be what ever you decide to name this service. Next enter the Global Port Range in item 2 in Figure 2 above. Here you want to enter 18004 in both boxes unless you change the setting in you Defender DVR then enter the port that you change it to.

For the Base Host Port you will enter the same 18004 port or the port that you change the setting in your Defender DVR. Leave the Protocol as TCP/UDP as shown in item 4 in Figure 2 above.

Now click on the Add push button as shown in item 5 in Figure 2 above. Your setting will be saved and will show up in the Service List at the top of this page. Next click on the Return to NAT/Gaming push button as shown as item 6 in Figure 2 above.

Figure 3

Figure 3

You will be returned to the NAT/Gaming page as shown in Figure 3 above. Now you want to select the Service that you just created as shown as item 1 in Figure 3 above. Next select the Defender IP Address in the Needed by Device drop down list as shown as item 2 in Figure 3 above. You may have to access your Defender Network settings to find out what IP address your Defender is using.

Finally click on the Add push button as shown as item 3 in Figure 3 above.

Next I repeated the procedure above and added port 9000 for the Defender.

I hope this will help someone to get their Defender DVR to work with the ARRIS NVG589 modem as I couldn’t find any good instructions on the internet doing a search.

Fireplace Glass Doors

Last year my wife wanted the brass fireplace glass doors painted red. So I looked for a high temperature red paint and this photo below is what I came up with.

Fireplace Glass Doors Painted Red

Fireplace Glass Doors Painted Red

Truly a different look. Well, this year she decided that she didn’t like the red color so I purchased a new Pleasant Hearth AN-1011 Alpine Fireplace Glass Door, Black, Medium from Amazon and this is what our fireplace looks like now in the photo below.

Black Fireplace Glass Doors

Black Fireplace Glass Doors

I like these black doors as the screens are also doors and not slider screens like the original fire place had. The doors are also easier to open and both the glass doors and the screen doors are held shut using magnetic catches. Stilll debating whether to repaint the fireplace tools from red to black. You can purchase this black fireplace glass doors from amazon by clicking Pleasant Hearth AN-1011 Alpine Fireplace Glass Door, Black, Medium.